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High temps prompt Lebanon officials to announce public cooling areas

Sitting here in the A/C, it’s easy for me to forget that it’s very not cold outside.

I was reminded of the temps when the Lebanon Fire Department put out a news release about cooling areas.

These locations will be open for the public to beat the heat, today through Friday:

Lynn Kelley, of Quechee, left, and Rodney Eldred, of Tunbridge, right, at the Kilton Library on Sept. 10, 2015. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Lebanon residents will also have free access to the Lebanon Pool from Tuesday through Friday, according to the news release.

They will be required to show ID as proof of residence.

Monday through Saturday:
Adult Lap Swim (Ages 18+): Noon to 1 p.m.
Open Swim (All Ages): 1 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Family Swim and Adults: 4:10 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Ages 13 and under must have adult supervision during Family Swim.

Last but not least, Lebanon fire officials reminded folks that “anyone requiring immediate assistance or suffering a heat emergency should call 911 immediately,” and information on staying safe in the heat can be found at https://lebanonnh.gov/381/Summer-Safety.

Lebanon announces cooling areas; plus see our list of heat precautions and map of swimming holes

Jovani Coutermarsh, 3, of Lebanon, left, gives his sister, Giana, 7, and dad, Ty, pretend swimming instructions at Lebanon Memorial Pool on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Lebanon, N.H. Ty jumped into the pool after Giana and Jovani successfully coaxed him into the water. (Valley News – Jovelle Tamayo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Lebanon officials have announced cooling areas that will be open today, Tuesday and Thursday. City residents will also get free access to the Lebanon pool.

Via LebAlert:

Due to the extreme weather conditions the following facilities will be open to the public as cooling areas for July 2, 3 & 5, 2018.


9 East Park Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
Hours – 10AM-8PM


80 Main Street
West Lebanon, NH 03784
Hours – 10AM-8PM


10 Campbell Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
Hours – 8AM – 3PM


In addition to the above Lebanon Residents will be provide FREE access to the Lebanon Pool from July 2 – 5, 2018. Pool hours are 12PM – 7PM. Residents will be required to present identification as proof of residency.


Anyone requiring immediate assistance or suffering a heat emergency should call 911 immediately. Information on staying safe in the heat can be found at: https://lebanonnh.gov/381/Summer-Safety.


For further information please contact Chief Chris Christopoulos, Jr. at 603-448-8810.



Lebanon Pool Hours as follows: Monday – Saturday:
Adult Lap Swim (Ages 18+): Noon – 1 pm
Open Swim (All Ages): 1 pm – 3:50 pm
Family Swim and Adults: 4:10 pm – 7 pm
Ages 13 and under must have adult supervision during
Family Swim

(Speaking of pools, I continue to see questions on Facebook about the shuttered public pool in White River Junction, so here is another reminder Hartford is looking for your opinion on what to do with the Sherman Manning Pools.)

Read the Valley News’ Saturday story about the heat wave.

It includes this list of precautions to protect yourself from the heat:

  • Wear sunscreen and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to help keep cool.
  • Avoid leaving children, seniors, pets or people with health conditions in a parked vehicle.
  • Stick to cool places like basements or air-conditioned rooms. Those without such spaces at home can go to an air-conditioned public building, such as a public library or shopping mall.
  • Drink more water than usual, even before thirst hits. Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.
  • Periodically swim, play under a sprinkler or take a cool shower.
  • Reduce outdoor work and exercise, and limit it to the cooler parts of the day.
  • Ask for help in the case of illness.

The Hanover dispatch Facebook page also shared this helpful graphic from the National Weather Service over the weekend.

And, last but not least, our list of Upper Valley swimming holes is included in this year’s summer guide. I dug out this map from a couple years ago and created a new version, in case you’re into that kind of thing!

Our summer guide is live, plus heat warning this weekend, plus bug spray is your friend

Lebanon residents Danny Ramirez, Meegan Boldue, and Anastasia Lyapina beat Monday’s heat by spending their afternoon at the ledges of a popular swimming hole off True’s Brook Road in Lebanon, N.H., on June 20, 2016. (Valley News – Mac Snyder) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

The Valley News summer guide is now live, including:

AND MORE! (If you prefer a PDF version of the summer guide, click here.)

Speaking of summertime …

It’s going to be hot hot heat this weekend. Here is a warning from the Norwich town officials:

A prolonged period of dangerously high temperatures and heat index values are expected to impact the Upper Valley. High temperatures will reach 90+ degrees on Saturday, and should continue 90+ degrees through Wednesday (July 4th). The highest temperatures and heat indices are expected Sunday and Monday, with temperatures 95-99F and heat index values above 100 degrees.

Here’s the National Weather Service page for Lebanon, including the current hazardous weather outlook, which says:

A hot and humid air mass will move into the region this weekend,
bringing a prolonged period of high heat and humidity. It is
possible that Heat Advisory criteria (heat index 95 degrees) will be
exceeded for portions of the area as early as Sunday and extending
into next week.

There is the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms to move
into the region from the north Saturday evening and Saturday night.
The primary threat from these storms would be damaging winds.

So when someone tells you to “go jump in a lake” this weekend, they are probably just concerned for your health. Be careful out there, folks!

Oh yeah, and if that’s not enough, one more thing.

Don’t forget the bug spray.

Severe storm warnings have been issued for most of the Upper Valley

A pattern of potentially dangerous storms are moving across New England, prompting several weather advisories to be issued to much of the area.

One of the earliest warnings (seen above) was issued around 2:50 p.m. on Monday by the National Weather Service’s station in Gray, Maine. The station monitors much of Maine and New Hampshire. (You can keep an eye on the area’s active warnings by clicking here.)

Because of the tornado alert in Grafton County on Monday evening, staff and shoppers at the Hanover Co-op Food Store were escorted to the basement of the store for roughly 20 minutes until the danger passed.

The warning will remain in effect until 10 p.m. tonight.

UPDATE: The National Weather Service in Burlington has issued a warning about possible flooding in the state.

Stay safe, everyone!